Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Birding Tours Resume with a Rare Sighting

Our twice-weekly Spring Birding Tours with Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon resumed on Monday, April 13. Birders were jolted from their Monday morning fogginess by a rare sighting of a Chuck-Will's-Widow, the first sighting of its type in the park! The sighting brought the total number of species spotted in the park to 111. How high will the total number of species climb by the end of the tours? Let's find out!

The bird in question from the April 13 tour. There is some debate as to whether the bird is a Chuck-Will's-Widow or an Eastern Whip-poor-will. What species do you think it is? Regardless of your answer, this was the first sighting of either type of bird in the park.  

Monday, April 13
American Robin, American Woodcock, Brown Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrush, Rock Pigeon, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Chuck-Will's-Widow

Thursday, April 16
Chuck-will’s Widow, House Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, Starling, White-throated Sparrow

Monday, April 20
House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Water Thrush, Starling, Rock Pigeon, White-throated Sparrow

Thursday, April 23
Green Heron (which is the ABA’s 2015 Bird of the Year and a Bryant Park Birding Tour first), White-throated Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, European Starling, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Catbird

Monday, April 27
Tufted Titmouse, Green Heron, White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Catbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, European Starling, Hermit Thrush

Thursday, April 30
European Starling, Hermit Thrush, House Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Rock Pigeon, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow

Monday, May 4
Blue Jay, Baltimore Oriole, European Starling, Gray Catbird, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow

Thursday, May 7
Magnolia Warbler Rock Pigeon, Ovenbird, Gray Catbird, House Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, White-throated Sparrow, Woodthrush, European Starling, Northern Waterthrush, Black-throated Green Warbler

Monday, May 11
Gray Catbird, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, White-throated Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Marsh Wren (a park first!), Common Yellowthroat

Thursday, May 14
Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Ovenbird, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow, Eastern Wood Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Swamp Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Rock Pigeon, Pergerine Falcon, Blackburnian Warbler

Monday, May 18
Gray Catbird, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Swamp Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Lincoln Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Blackpoll Warbler

Spring Birding Tours
April 13 - May 21
Mondays, 8am-9am
Thursdays, 5pm-6pm
Tours meet at the Birding Tours sign at the 42nd Street and 6th Avenue entrance 

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